Man sentenced for admitting child pornography habit in FBI polygraph
BY DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
9/28/11 at 4:19 AM
A former Army intelligence analyst who admitted a child-pornography habit during an interview for a job with the FBI was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Tuesday for possessing the illegal material.
Steven Wayne Gilliam, 32, of Tulsa went to the FBI office in Oklahoma City in July 2010 in connection with his application for a job as an intelligence analyst, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Gallant wrote in a Sept. 19 court filing.
He disclosed to a polygraph examiner that he had viewed child pornography on his home computer in the recent past, according to the document.
Gallant wrote that "at that point, the pre-employment screening turned into a consensual interview."
Gilliam waived his Miranda rights and told an FBI agent and a task force officer that he viewed child pornography about once a month and preferred children as young as 8, according to Gallant's filing.
The document says Gilliam consented to the search and seizure of his computer, where the illegal images were found.
Gallant wrote that nearly 140 images of child pornography were found, with some depicting sadistic activity and children that could be described as infants or toddlers.
Assistant Federal Public Defender Stephen Greubel, representing Gilliam, wrote in a Sept. 10 pleading that Gilliam had previously served in the Army as an intelligence analyst and had otherwise led "an extraordinarily happy, productive and honorable life" except for looking at child pornography on a regular basis since the age of 17.
It was "Gilliam's conscience which ultimately led him to confess his shameful secret to the FBI," Greubel wrote.
He emphasized that Gilliam never molested a child.
He added that given "Gilliam's education and intelligence, there was no reason for him to enter the lion's den and confess his crime other than his earnest desire to end his personal nightmare and atone for his sins."
Gilliam pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography June 7.
U.S. Chief District Judge Claire Eagan sentenced him to three years and 10 months in prison and ordered him to pay $1,100 in penalties and to be under court supervision for seven years after his release from prison.
Gilliam, who is free on bond, must report to prison by Nov. 15.
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